REQUIRED EVENT: Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History. Saturday, 10/18. Noon-4PM.

REQUIRED EVENT: Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History. Saturday, 10/18. Noon-4PM.

This project is worth 125 points, broken down as follows:

25 points for attendance PLUS:

90 points for the content and organization of your paper.
5 points for following ALL criteria including inclusion of picture (#3 below) and layout of paper (see #1 below).
5 points for the mechanics such as grammar, punctuation, and syntax as well as following
The instructions for the layout of the paper as follows:

1. The paper is to be at least 3 full pages (Not counting bibliography), 1.5 spacing, 11 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins at top, bottom and sides, and justified side margins. Failure to follow any of the layout criteria will result in an automatic loss of 5 points. You will turn in both a hard copy and a copy through Safe Assign, which we will discuss in class.

2. You may use either MLA or APA style.

3. After the 3 full pages of text, page 4 will be a picture of the work you have chosen. ((page 4 is the sources page))

4. Page 5 will be the Bibliography or Works Cited page. In addition to other sources, you must have at least 4 academic sources, at least 2 of which must be scholarly or peer-reviewed sources. If you have difficulty finding these types of sources, you must see me ASAP. You may not use Wikipedia for anything other than pictures.

Whether you are discussing a painting, sculpture, or any other piece of art, you are to follow the criteria used whenever one critiques a work of art. You will give

1. the biographical information (title, artist, date, country). (2 points)

2. description with enough detail to create a clear verbal picture of what you have chosen. (8 points)

3. historical context. This is where the majority of your research will lie. (40 points)

You must give

A. info about the artist (short bio that includes info about h/his other work) (10 points)

B. information about significant historical events or context in which the work was created that is relevant to the particular art movement and/or the art itself, (20 points)

C. the style of painting/sculpture or movement that your chosen piece is representative of, (5 points)

D. the characteristics the piece has that are representative of that style or movement, (5 points)

4. analysis of the work. This, as you know, is the discussion of the various elements of the work itself. (20 points)

5. your interpretation. (10 points)

Your interpretation/argument must be supported by the facts that you included earlier in the paper.

6. value.(5 points)

This will include the importance or value of the work when it was first created as well as now with supporting detail.

7. your personal opinion of the piece and why.

8. your opinion of the museum experience as a whole.

NOTE: # 7 and 8 together are worth 5 points.

There are so many wonderful things to see at the Carnegie Museum that it would be impossible to see everything in just one short visit. Therefore, I am requiring you to see only Architectural Hall, the Fine Arts Gallery (which includes paintings and handcrafted items), and at least 1 of the visiting exhibits that will be at the museum at the time of our visit. You are welcome, of course, to see as much as you like; however, I do not want you to be rushed and frustrated.

SUGGESTIONS:

1. Carry a notebook so that you can take notes on what you see because there is too much to remember. In the Fine Arts Gallery you can get headphones, which are free. They should be on a table just outside the Fine Arts Gallery. If you don’t see them there, ask any easily recognizable employee inside the Gallery, and s/he will bring you a set. I highly recommend them because they are a great help when viewing the paintings. They supply a wealth of information about various paintings.

2. Before deciding what you want to do your research on, I suggest you do a preliminary visit to the Hall of Architecture, the Fine Arts Gallery (Scaife Hall, and at least one of the additional exhibits. You don’t want to decide on something in Architectural Hall only to discover later that you were really impressed with something else and now don’t have time to really view it.

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